December 28, 2006

French War Memorial

Seen recently on Flickr - again from Simon_K

The Commune of Ney is a rather scruffy suburb of Champagnole, but the parish church is beautiful. It has also benefited from some rather striking 1920s glass, including this extraordinary war memorial window. It depicts Mother France standing on a battlefield, and offering up her dead children to Christ. Each soldier is represented by a fruit which is being plucked from a tree, but the face of each of them is a real photograph. I had never seen anything like this before.


At first glance the circle portraits appear to be transferred from actual photographs by some mechanical means (decal, screenprint, etc.). But looking at the closer shots I think they are painted in the standard painting method of trace and matte, only in a very photorealistic style and almost certainly based on actual photographs. Still, it makes for an interesting stylistic mashup.

one closer shot

and an even closer look

Peace on Earth

Posted by Tom at 02:40 PM

December 23, 2006

Another Moonman

Another Moonman on Flickr
this time courtesy of the 'Glass' section of Simon_K

15th century
Burnham, Deepdale in Norfolk, England

Posted by Tom at 04:05 PM

December 21, 2006

15th century Moonman

Been terribly busy this month, so little posting. I do have several longer posts germinating and I hope to post some of these over the holiday break. In the meantime, a brief look at Flickr

Some of the best photos of Pre-Victorian SG have come from the Flickrite named Vitrearum.
It is well worth the time browsing through his photos.

Some recent English Jumble window shots -
all clear painted glass with touches of silver stain

Chedworth in Gloucestershire
He says it's circa 1460's or 70's

Aldsworth in Gloucestershire

Posted by Tom at 03:19 PM